Nissan Qashqai from Sunderland to Istanbul, day nine

Nissan Qashqai from Sunderland to Istanbul, day nine

We’ve reached the halfway point, so it’s time to turn around for a 400-mile drive home; first stops are Bulgaria and Romania

Of course, the title of this blog should now really read ‘from Istanbul to Teddington’, because our trip around Europe in the new Nissan Qashqai is now well into the return leg, which is expected to finish later this week at Autocar HQ.

After Monday’s fun and frolics in Istanbul, snapper Stan and I got back on the road yesterday for a 400-mile drive through Turkey, Bulgaria and on to Romania, with Bucharest our destination.

We needed to get some serious miles under our belt, and fortunately we managed to avoid the worst of the Istanbul rush hour – our 40 minutes spent in stop-start traffic was nothing by normal standards – and get on the near-deserted motorway back towards the border at Edirne.

When we got there, we noticed that the miles-long queues of lorries we’d seen on our way into Turkey had largely gone. As a legacy of their wait to cross the border, they’d left in their wake mile after mile of rubbish and food packaging thrown into the hedgerow at the side of the road.

After we’d untangled ourselves from Turkish passport control and made it into Bulgaria, we pressed on, vowing not to make as many stops for photos and to take in the views as we had on previous legs of our trip.

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